Babylon Restaurant - Sydney

4.3
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150 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Middle Eastern
Located on a green entrenched rooftop in Sydney is Babylon Restaurant, a sprawling restaurant and bar reminiscent of the ancient region of Levant.

Gatherings in Middle Eastern culture are traditionally food centric. They are enjoyed and shared with family and friends, evoking a strong sense of comfort. We believe sharing Babylon's menu will help better uncover the rich flavours and textures of the Levant cuisine which stretches modern Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Syria and Turkey.

Please note that if your preferred time at Babylon is not available, we may have availability at our sister venue Duck & Rice, which is right next door and can also be booked on OpenTable!
What 150 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.1
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CK
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

We went during Sydney Festival because they advertised a tie-in menu deal, but staff seemed reluctant to let us have the deal. We had a late sitting so the restaurant was not very full, but staff were not coping. We had to actively seek their attention to order. Drinks that we ordered before we ordered food did not arrive until after food started coming. Food was really nice but service was really poor.

v
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent food and service. Suggest dont order the bread on the side for main-little taste and dry. Place became noisy as the night wore on- people and music

MR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Babylon was suggested for us- a group of five- as a convenient restaurant for post a Sydney Festival event. I had not realised how happening the rooftop are of Westfield has become! Babylon in particular provided very good food options..... great taste and many options. Drinks and food worked out to be $77pp which given the quality was very good value. All of us would happily return and also recommend to friends.

M
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Underwhelming yet overwhelming in every negative way.

A
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Great experience and food would recommend & revist to try more dishes.

D
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Food was good but the overall experience was let down by lack of service. Had to top up our own drinks and ask 3 people before someone got us water.

D
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall2Food5Service5Ambience3

The food was exceptional. The service was outstanding and bespoke, however, after our dinner we decided to sit outside and enjoy the view and a beverage. To my surprise, we witnessed several tens of live cockroaches in the outdoor area. This was appalling and unacceptable, given the venue is on the 7th floor. As much as we very much enjoyed the food, and the staff were beyond exceptional, we sadly will not be returning.

GY
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great atmosphere with good food. i recommend getting the snapper, it was delish

M
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

There are many reasons as to why I would not recommend Babylon.
1. I tried contacting Babylon numerous times prior to arriving to confirm argileh is served. Due to no one answering, we decided to go only to find out that argileh is only served on Saturdays. If you choose to continue this, please make it clearer on your website or social media as this will change a lot of people’s decisions, including ours.
2. I recommend you have the same menu inside and outside. We travelled to the city to enjoy a nice meal with a view and we did not appreciate that the menu basically halved because we wanted to maximise our city experience. If you are happy with such a minimised food menu, at least all cocktails served inside should be on the menu outside. It makes no sense that not all cocktails are offered outside considering that there is a bar.
3. My friend and I found it INCREDIBLY rude that you ask your customers to pick up their own coffee, mug and saucer, from the bar and bring it to our table. It also makes ZERO sense that you can table serve food yet you refuse to serve drinks to your customers despite us asking waiters numerous times to do so. This is not a pub, it is represented as a fine dining restaurant and we have never been asked, even at the most casual cafe, to collect our own coffee. We can guarantee that if the waiter told us this before paying, we would not have stayed.
4. Music fell short of our expectations. The atmosphere was inconsistent with the restaurant and its culture.
5. Overall, the restaurant showed no hospitality. The service was rude, set on their ways, and as customers we received no consideration.
Babylon, it’s name inspired by a town in Lebanon, symbolises a culture that is filled with hospitality and consideration. It is a shame that we did not receive this hospitality, and hope that you consider these points.

L
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience5

Staff are very unfriendly and are not willing to help.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Nice food. Only negative point is we had to keep on asking for our glasses to be topped up with water as the waitress did not leave the water jug on the table, given 3 out of 4 of us were drinking water.

Babylon Restaurant - Sydney
Responded on 6 January 2020

Hi, Thank for taking the time to give us your feedback. We pride ourselves on the quality of our food and customer service, so this feedback is extremely important to us. We are disappointed that your experience with us did not meet expectations. We will pass on your feedback to our team to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

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AG
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent variety of Middle Eastern cuisine. Well prepared dishes with great variety. The eggplant and hummus especially good.

Babylon Restaurant - Sydney
Responded on 6 January 2020

Thanks for dining with us Alon. We look forward to having you back soon

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PA
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Whole chicken wood fired was amazing! Service was beautiful and would return for sure!

Thank you Babylon for making our friendmas so lovely

Babylon Restaurant - Sydney
Responded on 6 January 2020

Thanks for dining with us Portia! We look forward to having you guys back soon.

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DK
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was good and well priced. My friends and I loved being able to purchase 1 litre of rosé on tap! Would recommend

ET
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Terrific food, and friendly, helpful service. Quite good value and a lovely, comfortable dining space. Outdoor bar for pre-dinner drink was very pleasant on a not-too-busy Saturday night. Would be happy to recommend.

D
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Good food, pleasant service, bit noisy, charging for water is a bit rich.

OT
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Service was crap. Lots of staff not knowing what they were doing. Not attentive. Food was very average for the price

M
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was absolutely perfect!! Can not wait to go back and try something else from the menu. The cocktails unfortunately were not very nice. Perfect for a group dinner followed by drinks in the bar section.

OO
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

The food was nice but the service wasn't great. Forgotten drinks, getting food orders wrong, the waitress dropping food on the table and putting it back in the dish, forgetting to serve food that was ordered. The list goes on. Having spent over $500 for 3 people to be ushered out of the restaurant is not a good look. Don't think we will be coming back again.

AF
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Good food, the snapper and cauliflower was lovely. Also love that you can order different wine by the glass in various amounts.
Only thing was our waiter forgot to top up our water and we had to ask. But overall, nice experience.

DJ
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

The food was delicious however the service was poor and really brought the whole experience down. There is no one to greet you when you walk in making you feel confused as to whether or not you are in the right place. After an extra person showed up to our lunch that we had not booked for we had to move table, the manager made us feel like this was a huge imposition despite the restaurant not being full. The wait staff were no very helpful either explaining everything was someone else responsibility when we asked for help with something.

p
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience1

The only booking available online was 2.15pm. When we arrived the restaurant was almost deserted. The food was it’s usual high quality but we were continually hassled by the waitstaff to hurry. Every time I put my knife and fork down the waitstaff wanted to take my plate. We felt very rushed and so didn’t enjoy our time.

GR
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Great place to meet for drinks but I would not recommend the restaurant as I did not feel there was value for money!! Despite going with the banquet menu the share plates were quite small.

N
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

Food is great! Such a shame the service isnt on the same level. We had a live bug in our meal and the wait staff didn’t even care. We had to walk up to staff to get service. One staff member was really rude and seemed ‘over it’ when we asked where our mains were, Her answer was you and 200 other people are waiting. We received our mains 1.5 hours after entree. Our drinks took around half hour to arrive every time we ordered. In the end we spoke with the manager and he was very attentive and the new waiter was great. He actually explained the meals that were on the table unlike the previous waitress.

F
1 review